PokerStars Festival headed to little Paris (aka, Bucharest)

Head out to eastern Europe. Turn yourself to the south. Set your GPS for Bucharest and the JW Marriott Hotel. Before long, you will find yourself in what folks call the Paris of the East. PokerStars is gearing up for its next Festival stop in Bucharest, Romania. The schedule has been streamlined wit...more

by Brad Willis on July 21, 2017 8:06 AM

PokerStars Festival Korea: Yuki Ko climbs the highest on Day 1B

Another day of chips flying, another 12 levels and another Day 1 flight in the books here at the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event. Day 1B was much the same as yesterday, in fact the only real difference was the absence of a dinner break to make way for the Players Party tonight.There were 66 who...more

by Brad Kain on July 21, 2017 6:33 AM

PokerStars Festival Korea: Prepare to Party

This city is renowned for its grandiose nightlife and in just a few hours' time everybody here for PokerStars Festival Korea will get a chance to make the most of it. Sure, tournaments are exciting, but it's time for my favourite event on the schedule - The Players Party. Kicking off as soon as we w...more

by Brad Kain on July 21, 2017 4:01 AM

PokerStars Festival Korea: Bubble looms in the High Roller

While Main Event Day 1B fires up it's the final day of the ₩4,350,000 High Roller that has taken centre stage. The bubble is now fast approaching with eight places paying and only 12 remaining players. They'll first be looking to secure a ₩9,620,000 (~$9,000) payday before vying for the ₩72,160,000 ...more

by Brad Kain on July 21, 2017 12:52 AM

WSOP 2017: Blumstein takes overwhelming lead with seven left

Scott Blumstein: Leading the last sevenThe first stage of our three-day plan is complete. Sort of.Through five-and-a-half hours of play on Thursday evening in the Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, the final nine of the World Series of Poker Main Event was cut by two. What started with 7,221 two weeks a...more

by Howard Swains on July 20, 2017 11:15 PM

WSOP 2017: Jack Sinclair does the math, but falls in eighth

The half-hour following the earthquake hand between Scott Blumstein and John Hesp produced little in the way of aftershocks.After all, Blumstein's huge double-up to more than 158 million represented a seismic shift in the chip counts. That was more than twice closest challenger Benjamin Pollack, and...more

by Martin Harris on July 20, 2017 10:54 PM

PokerStars Festival Korea: Another flight takes off as Day 1B begins

Welcome back to Paradise City! We have a huge day on the cards with the High Roller already underway and charging ahead to its exciting conclusion tonight, Day 1B of the Main Event has just kicked off, and after all the chips have been bagged and tagged we have the Players Party to look forward to. ...more

by Brad Kain on July 20, 2017 10:28 PM

WSOP 2017: Blumstein takes Hesp for the maximum, turns final table on its he

Tear up the screenplay. Pinch the dreamers viciously on their arms. The fairytale story that ended with John Hesp becoming the most unlikely World Series of Poker champion since the tournament began has just turned into cruel nightmare.The headline news from the past hour here at the Rio Hotel & Cas...more

by Howard Swains on July 20, 2017 9:39 PM

WSOP 2017: Beware the friendly fist-bumping Brit

Drawing Seat 1, John Hesp was the first player introduced at the start of play tonight. Of course, if they had listed the players on a marquee out front of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Hesp would have probably earned top billing, anyway. Hesp the headlinerHe's certainly been the focus of atte...more

by Martin Harris on July 20, 2017 8:44 PM

WSOP 2017: Saout and Ott survive as blinds--and Hesp--make life difficult

At around 7:05pm Las Vegas time, Jack Effel told tournament players at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table that they now had no choice but to part with 1 million if they wanted to play."OK guys, we're at a new blind level," Effel said. "Five hundred thousand, one million."Yes, we h...more

by Howard Swains on July 20, 2017 7:42 PM
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Congratulations to Scott Blumstein, 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event champion and winner of $8.15 million

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Congratulations to Taehoon Han,
PokerStars Festival Korea champion and winner of ₩83,130,000 ($74,651)


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